Folk artist Shawna Caspi brings her beloved guitar and songbook to Armstrong’s Music in the Park Friday

Folk artist Shawna Caspi brings her beloved guitar and songbook to Armstrong’s Music in the Park Friday

Guitarist Shawna Caspi taps into folk roots in Armstrong

Classically-trained folkie Shawna Caspi plays the next Valley First Music in the Park in Armstrong’s Memorial Park Friday, Aug. 14.

  • Aug. 12, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Guitar picking, classically-trained folkie Shawna Caspi plays the next Valley First Music in the Park in Armstrong’s Memorial Park Friday, Aug. 14.

With a sweet-tooth for a good story, a sly lyrical wit, and a rich, powerful voice, Caspi sings of love, travel, home, and heart.

Through her music she distills each experience into a series of vibrant snapshots, which subtly carry weight and offer greater depth thanks to her well-crafted lyrics.

“The power of one person and one instrument – engaging and exciting in itself. I believe that’s the root of folk music,” says Caspi on her website.

With her third album, Apartments For Lovers, Caspi taps right into her folk roots, stripping away the session musicians and elaborate arrangements of her previous records in favour of a simple, authentic sound – her solo guitar and voice. The result is a collection of songs that is close-up and honest, showcasing her warm vocals, classically-trained finger-style guitar playing, and intimate songwriting in a genuine, powerful way.

For 15 years, Caspi has been playing the guitar she bought at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, one of Canada’s best loved music stores.

This cherished instrument has accompanied her on tour through seven provinces, where she has played festivals including the Blue Skies Music Festival, the Summerfolk Festival, and the Deep Roots Music Festival. It was also her constant companion as she played on the long haul trains between Montreal and Halifax and between Vancouver and Toronto as part of the VIA Rail On Board Entertainment Program.

Caspi takes the stage under the Rotary Gazebo at Memorial Park, Friday, Aug. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and/or blanket and enjoy the music. Non-perishable donations of food will be accepted for Valley’s First’s Feed the Valley program.